Oatland Island hosting annual Halloween Hike despite tornado damage

Oatland Island opens for Halloween Hike

OATLAND ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -The Oatland Island Wildlife Center is opening for two days only for their annual Halloween Hike. This comes after a tornado struck the center in July.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center received some of the worst damage. Trees were down throughout the property, on buildings and animal cages.

“We’ve had a lot of great support from the school system and we’ve had a lot of contractors coming out and working on, you know, the fencing and the boardwalks and clearing trees and repairing the bathroom over there,” said Annie Quinting with Oatland Island.

Quinting says they decided to open up only for today and tomorrow for their annual hike. The area the hike is held at didn't get as much damage as other parts of the property.

“We still have some tree - trees in the forest that need to be taken care of, but everything else is coming along nicely," Quinting said. "Actually quicker than we thought it would.”

The animal cages and other areas around the property still need a lot of work. They are hoping they can re-open soon.

“It’s amazing that the tornado only lasted eight minutes but here we have been working since August 1st trying to get ourselves back together again,” said Quinting.

The cash-only fundraiser is $10 for kids and $5 for adults. So, put on your favorite costume for an evening of trick-or-treating with our furry friends and help a good cause.

This year’s fundraiser is important after the tornado in July.

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